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The sentence does not really make sense on a stand-alone basis because the past perfect is used to imply that an event occurred before another event in the past. And the two events explicitly mentioned presumably were concurrent as indicated by the word "when." But washing a face is not an instantaneous event. Thus, it would be more idiomatic to ...


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1, 2 and 3 are correct. 4 needs changing to 'I saw something I shouldn't have seen'. 5 is horrible but may be considered acceptable US usage. :D


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If the author had backshifted it would be "... I'd never been to a bar". But backshifting is normally optional, and in perfect tense contexts it is common enough not to backshift. The meaning would be the same as "...I'd never been..." with the addtional implication of "and I've also not been to a bar from the time when I was ...


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The adjective dry seems the most natural. It would not be wrong to say they are almost dried and anyone would understand but it would seem unusual.


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You're quite right. He knew... because he had used it before. After He knows... you would need ...because he has used it before.


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